March 2nd, 2010

innocent?

CD-a-Day: Oxymoron Edition

Blindside: Silence

Christian hardcore. Can it exist? I think it's reasonable. There is a lot of passion in heavy, guitar-and-drum driven music. Certainly, that passion can play as anger and aggression. Well, if it's directed at the right things, I don't have an issue with it. Better to express the anger in music than in fisticuffs.

Tiffany A. gave me this, when I was listening to a lot of POD and Project 86. These guys are from Stockholm, Sweden. A town not known for it's Christianity, I'd wager. So their expression is probably warranted. I don't know. I do like the album, but not all the time, and I was never inspired to get more of their stuff. So.
innocent?

"The Right Things..."

In my last "CD-a-Day" post, I mentioned that anger at "the right things" is acceptable. And as soon as I posted it, I felt I should explain myself. What are the right things to get angry at? Are there "right things"?

Well, I've heard from quite a few people that since they found Chelsea King's body today, they'd like to torture or kill the man being held responsible. "How can someone do such a thing to a child?" they ask. "This world isn't safe" they declare. And these are from my Christian friends, people shocked and horrified (rightly) in the baseness of human nature and depravity.

My wife asked me "How does someone do that?" We talked about it. We have a son on the way, and while we are less scared of him being preyed upon later in life as a young man, we are more concerned in the very real possibility that he could become a predator.

Far fetched? Well, it happens. Everyone is someone else's son or daughter. Everyone. What is worse? To be parent to victim or criminal?

So, what constitutes "righteous" anger? And how far does that anger go?

Jesus said this: "You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment."

Now certainly, Jesus displayed his own anger, when he overturned the merchants tables in the temple. And he was angered by hypocrites who tormenting people with the law while disregarding grace.

But Paul teaches something about anger held and fostered, the kind Jesus was referring to above. In Ephesians 4: 26-27 he says:
"In your anger do not sin. Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold."

When we foster an anger that turns away from love, we sin. Now love can breed a right anger. Seeking the best for others will ead you to desire justice and righteousness, and when that is abused or mocked, anger can be the proper response. However, we often turn our anger away from a proper view of wanting to see wrongs righted, and start seeking revenge. Often, this is to cover our own issues. "I may ignore my family and steal from work, but at least I never killed a kid."

Indeed, thank God that you have not gone down that path, like that other son or daughter. But beware that in being angry at the "right things", you do not blaze a trail for the wrong.